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Over 2.1 million PlayStation 4 consoles sold so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 4:34 am

With the PS4 now launched in more countries, Sony has said that it has sold a "record-setting" 2.1 million units of its next-generation console. With the PlayStation 4 now finding a home in 32 countries, many of them selling out of the console itself.

 

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Andrew House took to the PlayStation Blog, where he said: "It's an impressive and record-setting accomplishment for our company and for our industry, and we couldn't have done it without you. I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence."

 

House promised that the PS4 would continously evolve, and added: "In addition to an incredible line-up of PS4 games from the best developers in the world," he said, "we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead."

MemTest86 V5 is here, includes support for UEFI BIOS, and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 3:28 am

There are those of you out there, like us, that would be using MemTest86 to test if your RAM is faulting, or stable at a certain speed. Well, PassMark Software, the developer behind MemTest86, has announced that MemTest86 V5 is out.

 

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Version 5 includes a bunch of new features, including UEFI BIOS support, secure boot support, a native 64-bit binary, "significant" speed improvements, ECC RAM support, and the ability to write test reports to the bootable USB drive itself. The biggest feature to take away from this is the 64-bit binary, because up until today, every other version of MemTest86 was 32-bit only.

 

There are now two editions of MemTest86, the first is a free edition, but the Pro edition is $49, and comes on a pre-made USB drive. Pro edition supports ECC RAM and custom reports. You can read more on MemTest86 V5, and get it for yourself, here.

DisplayPort 1.3 standard will support 8K, oh and 4K in 3D

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 12:31 am

DisplayPort technology is continuously improving, with DisplayPort 1.3 now being teased with some huge improvements. DP 1.3 will feature a bitrate of 8.1 Gbps per channel, up from 5.4 Gbps found in DP 1.2.

 

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We should see a wonderful world where multiple 4K displays are supported from a single cable - something I'm longing for as I type this on a 4K display - and DP 1.3 will allow this. DP 1.3 will see support for 8K thanks to its insane bandwidth of a theoretical 32.4 Gbps. We should also see 4K 3D support ushered in with DisplayPort 1.3, which will be another awesome addition going into 2014.

 

What I would like to see, is some confirmation that we will indeed be seeing 4K in 3D, and whether this means I'll get what I've been waiting for, for quite sometime now: 4K at 120Hz. Unfortunately, we won't see the fruits of high-resolution labor until sometime in 2014 - where we'll see it announced, but it won't be pushed into devices until 2015.

Thecus begins shipping N2310 NAS in North American market

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Dec 4, 2013 12:21 am

Today Thecus announced the launch of its latest entry-level home and small office NAS. The all new N2310 is a 2-bay Network Attached Storage device that is packed with features you would expect from Thecus. The new N3210 features support for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD and packs in hardware that will ensure speed and reliability.

 

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The N2310 also features a built-in FTP server, BitTorrent Client, and even Plex Media Server support that allows users to stream content to TVs, Xbox 360, and any other device running Plex's streaming client. The device also features two USB ports that enable users to easily copy over photos and files from external drives, as well as a printer, turning the NAS into a central print server. The Thecus N2310 is available now and retails at an MSRP of $169.99.

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Android KitKat installed on 1.1-percent of devices a month later

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 10:48 pm

Android 4.4 aka "KitKat" has officially been released to the public for about a month now and a new report says that KitKat has made its way onto 1.1-percent of all Android devices. This may not sound like much, but when you consider that at the moment, Android 4.4 only supports a handful of devices at the moment.

 

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The numbers come straight from Google's Android Dashboard, a tool that tracks the installation of Android on devices that access the Google Play Store. The Android market is still dominated by Jelly Bean installs, and most likely will be until deep into 2014 when we see more devices being opened up to KitKat.

Apple patents yet another method for unlocking your iPhone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 9:17 pm

If unlocking your iPhone via your fingerprint was not easy enough, Apple has been granted a patent on yet another unlocking method. The new method would all you to unlock your phone by simply looking at it. This time Apple wants not only your fingerprint to be saved on the device, but for your face to be digitized and saved as well.

 

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Apple says that in addition to simply unlocking the device, this facial recognition could be used to launch or open up specific apps on the device. Android has had this functionality for a while now, and so has Apple. About two years ago, Apple was awarded a similar patent that used different control methods for facial recognition. With the companies recent purchase of PrimeSense, they could take this patent very far.

WhatsApp for iOS updated, includes many long awaited features

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 7:35 pm

WhatsApp is arguably the most popular messing apps on the planet with more than 350 million active monthly users, and today iOS users are beginning to receive an updated version of the service. This morning, WhatsApp released an updated version of its app for iOS that includes new features and performance tweaks.

 

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The first thing users will notice is that the app now has a entirely new look, and the UI has been improved for better efficiency and appearance. The app now also features new "Broadcast to List" functionality that lets users send messages to specific contact list, which means you can now mass message co-workers, friends, family and more. New notification sounds, larger image thumbnails, and image cropping functionality have been added with the update. Head over to the source link below to download the new version of WhatsApp for iOS.

Nokia wins patent fight, sees HTC One Mini banned from the UK

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 6:07 pm

Nokia has just won a major battle in the so-called "Patent War", with a UK judge ruling that the HTC One Mini infringes on some of Nokia's patents. As a result of the ruling, the HTC One Mini has been banned from sale in the UK, and all sales must halt by December 6th, or HTC will face major fines.

 

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Additionally, the company could see its flagship, the HTC One, banned from sale in the UK as well, which could cripple the already troubled manufacturer. The judge presiding over the matter did acknowledge that this would cause considerable damage to HTC and has postponed ruling on the one until HTC has had time to appeal. HTC says that it has agreed to cease all imports of its devices, until the appeal hearing has concluded.

 

The patent violations are based on certain chip sets used in the HTC One and One mini, and HTC says that it is working with chip suppliers to look into alternative chip solutions that could allow the devices back on the market. "HTC is pleased by the decision of the High Court of England and Wales to stay an injunction against certain chipsets, including those in our flagship HTC One, pending the outcome of our appeal against the validity and infringement of Nokia's EP 0 998 024 patent." the company said in a statement.

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ROCCAT begins shipping its Kone Pure Color mouse in Phantom White

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 4:39 pm

ROCCAT's Kone series of gaming mice are some of the best on the market today, and its Kone Pure Color line allows for optimum gaming performance while breaking the black gaming mouse mold. This week, ROCCAT announced the release of the new Phantom White Kone Pure Color to the line of colorful peripherals.

 

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Much like the other Kone Pure mice, the Phantom White version of the Kone Pure Color features a high-end 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor and high quality Omron switches. The mouse includes exclusive ROCCAT Technology such as Easy-Shift[+], Easy-Aim and ROCCAT Talk that ensures you have an edge over the competition that will land you in the top spot at the end of the match.

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with an awesome Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Dec 3, 2013 9:22 am

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of BBC's sci-fi classic Doctor Who along with this week's release of the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor on Blu-ray, we have one huge Doctor Who prize pack up for grabs, thanks to our friends at Village Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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One lucky winner will take home a mammoth collection of Who goodness, including the complete seasons 1-7 of the reboot series, along with the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor on Blu-ray 3D and 2D. That's a total of 28 Blu-ray discs, with a retail price of over $500 AUD!

 

To go into the running, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the Doctor's nemesis and creator of the Daleks

 

Send your answers, along with your shipping address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Friday the 6th of December. Please note that the Blu-ray discs are in PAL format, and can only be watched in PAL (Australia and Europe) regions.

 

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The Day of the Doctor, along with seasons one to four are available on 3D Blu-ray from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 4th of December.

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